By Kelechukwu Iruoma
BOTHERED by the decadence in virtually all sectors, the Institute for National Transformation, a non-governmental organisation, is set to train 21,000 Nigerians across various sectors as it marks its 10th anniversary.
Encouraged by the remarkable success of the last 10 years, the Director-General and Founder, Professor Vincent Anigbogu, at a press conference in Lagos declared that the Institute for National Transformation has decided to scale up her training to generate greater impact across the nation.
He said: “We have set a goal to train 21,000 Nigerians across all sectors starting from January 2018, because we believe that societal change must be driven by a people who are resilient and responsible; people who can provide quality service and mentorship marked by patriotism, love, strength and faith.”
He noted that a lot of preparation has gone into the project, stressing that the Institute has developed and tested different training programmes, inculcating key national values for different groups like schools, government organs and parastatals, religious institutions, non-governmental organisations, military and para-military organisations, the business sector and those in the informal sector.
“If our leaders are trained to grow the required skills and character sets, to develop a bigger vision that will have far- reaching implications for the society, then they will be authentic, patriotic, skilled and bold in taking initiatives and responsibilities that will build the country,” he said. Anigbogu said the institute would be partnering with the federal and state governments, private sector, educational institutions and international organisations to raise funds to run the programmes.
The Director-General also took time to speak on one of the popular courses that the institute offers – the Oak Seed Executive Leadership Course. He asid that participants of this unique programme meet two days in a month for six consecutive months over which 30 lecture topics on national transformation are presented and discussed.
The participants study books such as From Third World to First World by Lee Kuan Yew, the late former Prime Minister of Singapore; Good to Great by Professor Jim Collins; Fifty Years of African Independence by Martin Meredith, and other inspiring leadership books.